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Children’s Services

Service Adjustment Due To COVID-19

Kits are not available for checkout at this time.  In-person events/activities such as Story Time and Maker Club are suspended until further notice.  Please keep an eye on our Facebook Page (@RutherfordCountyLibrary) and Events Calendar for virtual events and other information.

Kid’s eBooks and eAudiobooks

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Kits

The Rutherford County Library System provides numerous kits to help enrich your child’s reading and STEM development. Click here to see a list of all kits (including kits for adults). See below for a description of each children’s kit collection.

Story Kits

RCLS’s Read & Play Story Kits feature “grab and go” collections of five picture books on popular topics for preschool to primary audiences. Each kit includes five books on the theme, at least one CD, and two manipulative ranging from flash cards to puppets. All kits provide story extenders and an inventory list.

Haynes Maker Kits

Thanks to a generous grant from Duke Energy, the Haynes Branch Library has over a dozen “maker kits” available. These kits contain information and supplies to conduct hands-on experiments and building projects. The kits check out for two weeks and can be sent to any of the other Rutherford County Libraries upon request.

Lakeshore Learning STEM Kits

Our Lakeshore Learning STEM kits will help develop skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by utilizing a variety of engaging activities children will find fun and exciting.

Accelerated Reader (AR) and Lexile

AR Book Finder
Searching for books with a corresponding AR Quiz is easy with AR BookFinder. Students, teachers, parents, and librarians can search in English or Spanish using criteria such as ATOS book level (or ATOS 2000), interest level, title, author, fiction/nonfiction, subject, award-winners, state lists, CCSS Exemplars, and more. There is no easier way to find books that are both appropriate and interesting to individual students. With more than 160,000 AR Quizzes—over 70,000 nonfiction—kids will never run out of books to read.

Lexile
A Lexile measure is a valuable piece of information about either an individual’s reading ability or the difficulty of a text, like a book or magazine article. The Lexile measure is shown as a number with an “L” after it — 880L is 880 Lexile.

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